Though we often see Australia’s food scene burgeoning with Banh Mee shacks, Thai curries and Korean BBQs, these Asian fares don’t make up for the authentic grubs from the land down under. Other than the usual kangaroo meat, we have listed some of the best Australian food you ought to try.
Crafted by Cyril Percy Callister, this reddish-brown spread is as Australian as it gets. Vegemite is made of yeast extract mixed with vegetables and other spices. Its savouriness is usually enjoyed with avocado toast, cheese sandwiches, and even pizzas!
What started as a leftover sponge cake is now an Aussie favourite. The celebration of flavours comes from its generous coating of chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. This square-shaped cake is usually served in two halves with a layer of flavoured cream or jam in the centre.
3) Anzac biscuits
The history of this treat dates back to World War I, in honour of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Since ingredients were scarce, wives of the soldiers often made these simple rolled-oats biscuits for their long journey as it has a longer shelf life compared to bread. Its basic ingredients encompass rolled oats, flour, sugar, golden syrup, butter, baking soda, and water.
4) Tim Tams
A coffee break must-have, this chocolaty goodness is loved not only by the locals but the world at large. If you haven’t already heard, Tim Tams consist of two chocolate malted biscuits, filled with a velvety chocolate cream filling and coated with a thin layer of chocolate. This popular biscuit is guaranteed to astound any sweet-tooth.
Regardless of the century-long debate between Australia and New Zealand, this delightful dessert is a crowd favourite. Named after a prominent Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, this meringue-based treat was created in honour of her – using her tutu as inspiration. Pavlova can be enjoyed with a fun mixture of fruits, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and so on.
6) Fish and chips
Despite its British heritage, fish and chips remain as one of Australia’s proudest signature dishes. This iconic dish uses flaky white fishes such as barramundi and flake (gummy shark) - which is then deep-fried with a coating of batter and completed with a generous portion of crispy potato chips. Instead of the usual ketchup and mayonnaise, fish and chips is plated with a good helping of tartar sauce.
Head on down to Cold Storage this August to get yourselves some of Australia’s best treats!